Career Exploration

Career Services staff within the Mays Center prepare students for real life objectives and expectations regarding careers and employment through the use of innovative research and learning techniques. We provide quality counseling in the areas of choosing a major, job search strategies, pursuing employment and graduate school opportunities. We offer many resources to both students and alumni, and we want to help you find your career path. If you are not sure, we offer a resource, Focus2, a self-paced, online career and education planning tool. CLICK HERE to get started.  

Once you arrive to the site, you will need an ACCESS CODE. Please call us at (210) 784-1356 to obtain the code. 

We also recommend utilizing What Can I Do With This Major to further explore your career options.  

Appointments

In order to accommodate student services and guarantee individual time with students, the Mays Center allows students and alumni to schedule appointment times with career services staff.  Appointments generally run an hour in duration.  During peak times in the semester, career staff schedules may be full for several weeks; making an early appointment is strongly recommended!

Appointments can be made via Handshake.   You would just use your JagWire credentials to log in.  If you need guidance on how to set up an appointment, please check out our Handshake 101 Guide.

Through your career exploration journey, make sure following the steps below:

1. Self-Awareness: Ask yourself what you already know about your intended career or major, and any questions you still have regarding the career that you want or the major you want to study. If you have a lot of questions without answers, then you may want to take career assessments. Keep in mind: The Mays Center offers free assessments (Focus-2 and What Can I do With This Major?) that might be beneficial to take and learn more about yourself.

2. Gathering Information: Some of the effective ways to gather detailed information regarding your career options include:

a) Meet with Your Career Advisor: You can schedule a Major/Career Exploration appointment with a Career Advisor to learn more about your major/career options. You can discuss the results of career assessments and prepare an action plan to learn more about what you can do through the major/career exploration process.

b) Internet Research: You can access several free career exploration tools online. Here are the some great ones to start with:

https://www.onetonline.org/
Career Decision-Making Difficulties Questionnaire (CDDQ)
http://www.educationplanner.org/students/career-planning/find-careers/career-clusters-activity.shtml
https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip
https://www.careeronestop.org/explorecareers/assessments/self-assessments.aspx

c) Informational Interviews: You can have informational interviews with people who are doing the job that you would like to have when you graduate. You may consider conducting informational interviews with several people with different titles from different industries to have better understanding about your career options and to explore whether you would like to have that specific job.

d) Talking to Your Professors and learning from their experiences and expertise is another effective way to gather more accurate information regarding your career options.

3. Real-life Experience: You may know what occupation you want and you might be very knowledgeable about this particular job. However, real-life experiences will give you a better opportunity to have the first-hand experience, which will allow you to make better decisions since you will have great sense of the job and responsibilities with this specific job. Start exploring where you can do internships and/or externships early in your college career.

4. Make your decision after you evaluate all the information you’ve gathered!